Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: First Week of June

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis. Because of this, the Officer.com staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (May 31-June 2)

Last Friday was a deadly one for LEOs as three law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

Washington State Troop Sean O'Connell was killed in crash; Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Joel Campora and Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter died searching for flood victims; and Canadian Conservation Officer Justin Knackstedt was struck and killed while assisting at a crash scene.

The U.S. deaths brought the domestic LODD total to 48 for this year, up 23 percent from the same time last year when 39 officers had been killed on duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The weekend also proved deadly for civilians in NYC as 25 people were shot in a span of 48 hours.

NYPD officials said that six people were killed in the shootings that spanned late Friday to Sunday afternoon.

Monday (June 3)

Charges were filed late Monday night in the May 19 hit-and-run death of a Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz.

Jesus Cabrera Molina was taken into custody less than 12 hours after the incident on drug-possession charges, but it took detectives two weeks to put together enough evidence to determine that he was driving the SUV that struck Raetz.

The law enforcement received more good news Monday as the Supreme Court ruled police can routinely take DNA from arrestees.

The justices equated a cheek swab to other common procedures such as fingerprinting.

Tuesday (June 4)

An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that former Officer Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired.

Authorities said Dorner killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during a weeklong rampage in February.

A massive manhunt ended with his apparent suicide in a mountain cabin following a standoff with police.

In the aftermath of a different type of confrontation with officer, a dashcam video was released in a fatal police shooting that occurred on March 17 in Solon, Ohio.

The two police officers involved in the incident have since been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Wednesday (June 5)

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a new law criminalizing the act of harassing or interfering with the duties of police dogs or their handlers.

The governor was joined by some of the state's top K-9s and rescue dogs for the signing.

Meanwhile the New York State Senate pushed forward legislation that would make it a felony to harass, annoy, or threaten an on-duty officer.

The crime would be labeled as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The federal government made headlines as well, as the TSA abandoned its plan to allow passengers carry small knives, along with other items, onto planes.

The decision came after fierce opposition by many, including several law enforcement groups.

Thursday (June 6)

The LAPD staged a massive counterterrorism drill that began with an explosion, officers firing blank ammunition at pretend suspects, and police helicopters flying low among downtown office towers.

The drill was planned in conjunction with the National Homeland Security Association's conference was conducted by the department's Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.

The bond between public safety members was highlighted after a story came to light about a police officer who helped replace items stolen from a Houston firefighter after his car was broken into outside of a funeral home.

The firefighter was standing guard at the casket of Firefighter Anne Sullivan, who was killed along with three other firefighters in a motel blaze on Friday.

An Augusta police officer he was "lucky to be alive" following a cruiser crash that occurred early Wednesday.

Officer Quinten Shoopman crashed his cruiser while pursuing a stolen car during heavy rain.

Friday (June 7)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office announced that all immigration efforts had been temporarily suspended.

A federal judge concluded two weeks ago that the sheriff's office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols.

In a twist on connecting with the community, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia plans to serve visitors sample inmate meals from the 1830s, 1940s and today.

Sean Kelley, the prison's director of public programming, said the meals reflect the changing nature of food service at penal institutions.

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